I just released my first coaching video package. It is 2 hours of commentary by me (1 was supposed to be no commentary...long story...but extra value obv) and 1 hour without commentary by Primo. All games in the videos are at the 220-330 levels....mostly 2 tabling. Package is $40. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
I finished January at about +19400. I got up to almost 21k at one point, but had a pretty bad last day of the month to slip just under 20k for the month...oh well. I had my first huge losing streak in a while...lost 7 in row...never fun.
I've actually been breaking even for a few hundred games now (maybe 250ish). I was more than due for a breakeven/losing stretch though and have been preparing myself for it for a while now. I'm pretty sure that I am still playing well and it's just some variance. I am definitely running a ton worse than was over the last 2 months though.
Life has been good recently. I have been working on becoming more of an optimist. I feel that it's a lot better to be the type of person that expects good things (i.e. positive variance, etc) to happen to them. In the past, I have sat down for my sessions preparing myself for the worst. I feel that when we think worst case scenario, that negative mindset has a subconscious effect on our confidence and decision-making abilities. Confidence really is everything in heads up poker.
The most important, and most difficult, part of becoming a consistently profitable poker player is learning to master your emotions. You can read all the poker books, strategy forums, and blogs you want, but the only way to create the ideal mindset/mental game is through trial and error. Everyone is unique and we all respond to various situations differently. What works for me may or may not work for you. To master your own mental game, you have to be honest with yourself about your own mental flaws. What is holding you back from moving up to that next buyin level? Play mental games with yourself. Eventually you will find something that clicks and gives you the confidence to take that next step. Becoming a creature of habit is a recipe for disaster in this game. The strategy and mental aspects of poker are very similar in that practice doesn't make perfect, practice simply makes permanent. If the way that we approach the game isn't working for us, we need to be honest with ourselves about our flaws, attempt to remedy that flaw with some kind of new approach, and analyze the results. Rinse and repeat.
February Total Profit: -1504